In 1996, four generations of the Hughes family of Fauquier County came to Monticello soon after learning of their descent from Rev. Robert Hughes of Union Run Baptist Church and head gardener Wormley Hughes of Monticello. The connection might have been broken because their ancestor, also Wormley Hughes (1851-1901), left Albemarle County with the Union army in the confusion at the end of the Civil War.
Ethel Bolden heard that her grandfather Rev. Wormley Hughes, who was known to be a very hard worker, pastored several churches in Fauquier County. Her father, John Henry Hughes, was a deacon in his church. Her niece Karen Hughes White noted, “You go down to Aunt Ethel’s and there are flowers all over the place.”
Ethel Hughes Bolden1920-2012
18 July 1996, Charlottesville, VA
Interviewees: Lloyd Hughes, Sr., Ethel Hughes Bolden, Angela Hughes Davidson, Lloyd Hughes, Jr., Timothy Hughes, Karen Hughes White